“Alongside the pursuit of justice, we in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recognize the biblical obligation that each person in society is responsible for the neighbor. No one of us is free to pass by “on the other side” (Luke 10:31-32) and assume that governments and other parties will take care of all obligations for health care. We therefore seek to participate in and supplement health care services out of love for all people who are in need (Matthew 25:36).”  ELCA Social Statement, Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor, 2003


ELCA Social Statement, Caring for Health:  Our Shared Endeavor

To access the complete ELCA Social Statement on health, healing and health care… Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor click here.


Number of Uninsured Children in Pennsylvania Remains Steady

According to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Pennsylvania’s rate of uninsured children has remained steady for the past three years. To learn more and read the full report click here. 


New Online Tool Available to Help Combat Opioids

A new online tool is available to help individuals identify drug and alcohol treatment options and support services for themselves or a loved one. The Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART) is not a diagnostic assessment and does not gauge eligibility for any programs. It is designed to assist people who are looking for services but are not sure where to begin. Users get the results based off their answers to survey questions.

DART does not ask any identifying information and does not save answers after it’s closed. After completing the questionnaire, people are able to email, download, and/or print their results. DART is a free, anonymous resource and can be found here.


Hospital price transparency and 2019 PA legislative priorities

Healthcare is expensive. Unlike most other expenses in our lives, we almost never know what a medical procedure or treatment cost. Most patients don’t ask their doctor or healthcare provider’s office how much we would pay for treatment before it’s done. That is especially true if the patient has insurance. This Smart Talk Program,  featured on WITF, was aired on January 10, 2019. It was written and produced by Merideth Bucher. Listen and read.